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I was back in San Francisco this past week and on my last evening there I headed to the Marina district to meet my aunts for dinner.  I had some time to kill before meeting them so I checked out a nearby wine bar that was suggested to me by my cab driver.  It was a great recommendation and I hope to visit Bin 38 again next time I am out that way.

What makes a wine bar great?  Well, a wide selection of tasty and interesting wines.  No boring stuff that you can get at a grocery store please.  And you need a server who is enthusiastic about wine in general and knows a lot about the wines they pour.  I want to be able to say, “I would like to try a rich but earthy red wine that is not overly oaked” and get exactly that.  This was most definitely how things worked at Bin 38.  And you need a nice ambiance that is relaxing and puts one in the mood to enjoy a nice glass of wine.

I also really love to have options regarding the size of the pour.  A small 3 oz. pour, a half glass and a full glass are all choices at Bin 38 (as is buying a whole bottle).  The small pouts are ideal when you have to make it a quick visit and want to try a few wines but think it wise not to drink three full glasses of wine before dinner.

My favorite wine at Bin 38

For those interested, they also have a very wide selection of small production beers.  I did not try any but loved the wall display.

The beer selection

Stop by Bin 38 for a glass of wine, or dinner (they have a full food menu).  Tasty wines, great service and a wonderful setting for a relaxing post work libation.


3232 Scott Street at Lombard in San Francisco